3 Ways to Explore Your Career Interests

Exploring your career can feel very overwhelming! Students often feel pressured to make the “right” choice but who determines if it’s the right choice or not? Finding a career that aligns with your strengths, values, and interests requires you to explore different options and experiences, and encourages you to plan for the unplanned! Read on for 3 ways to explore your career and check out the resources I’ve shared along the way.

All experience is valuable! You can learn from any experience so it’s important that you are open to and searching for opportunities to expand your knowledge and your network. Get involved on campus, find a volunteer opportunity, take a class that you find interesting and be open to whatever comes your way.

Use our Career Exploration Guide! The Fleishman Center has created an interactive workbook to help you explore your interests and make connections. The workbook will help you learn how to make meaning from your coursework, build your network, identify your strengths and values all while helping you create an action plan. Check out the Career Exploration Guide and meet with a career consultant to dive deeper into your individualized exploration plan.

If you aren’t even sure where to start, CandidCareer can be a good place to begin. CandidCareer provides you with an online library of videos that feature a variety of careers, industries, and majors to showcase what some of your options might be. When you watch a video, you can build your experiences around your interests and use the Career Exploration Guide to help guide and create a plan.

Exploring careers is your own journey and there is no right or wrong way. Be open to opportunities as they present themselves and utilize the services and resources available to you, and if you need support along the way, make an appointment with a career consultant!


By Lexie Avery, MS '15
Lexie Avery, MS '15 Senior Associate Director, Student Engagement and Career Readiness